Willow by the Sea came about when a lovely couple began travelling the world and living overseas with their baby named Willow!
They began to notice even ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ baby skin products contained additives, fillers and chemicals. They decided to move home from New York so their baby could grow up with the ocean breeze, inspired them to create their own baby skin care products, totally free of any nasties.
It’s is a 100% organic baby skin care collection that is made in small batches by the beach in Newcastle, Australia.
“With knowledge passed down from Corina’s Herbalist grandmother – who taught her all about the power of plants and essential oils growing up – we use only the highest quality and cruelty-free botanicals, waxes and oils, and would never create anything we don’t use ourselves or on our family. In fact, inspired by Corina’s Romanian heritage, where it’s common for babies to bathe in chamomile tea, we washed our newborn Willow with beautiful blends of the unassuming flower, which left her clean, smooth and soothed, and us even more in love.”
- AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED
- NON GMO
- CRUELTY FREE
- VEGAN FRIENDLY
- 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC
- REUSABLE CONTAINER
Each and every Willow by the Sea ingredient and product meets strict Australian organic standards. This means the way they purchase ingredients, handle and manufacture products, clean equipment and ship to customers all meet the ACO standard which upholds the highest level of quality.
You can read more about ACO certification here. Their ACO cert no is: 12705.
Willow by the Sea is all natural, all the time and none of their vast ingredient list has been genetically modified in any way – including no crop spraying or genetic engineering.
Every product they create is vegan minus their Bottom Balm, which does contain certified organic beeswax.
To be certified organic, there needs to be a 5km radius of certified land around the hives – the Bees are surrounded with land that has no chemicals or pesticides used on it so it is safe for them. he little bees are played low levels of calming music (sounds amazing!) and tucked up cosy for the winter and is rich with native forests and the bees are free to fly wherever they want. Plus if there is not a surplus of honeycomb the hive is not harvested and the health of the bees always comes first.
Willow approved! They were more than happy to test their own products on themselves plus their newborn baby benefited from and loved the organic treats.
I was very kindly sent one box of baby bath tea and one set of baby oil – which on first appearances are beautifully packaged – I was sent these by Willow by the Sea to review but all opinions are my own.
BABY BATH TEA – BREATHE
First thought was just what a cool idea it was – an actual tea bath! I shovelled the botanical and plant blend into the little cloth bag (three inside) with the cute little wooden scoop provided and let them soak in the water.
Packed with ingredients rich in powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties the ‘Breathe’ baby bath tea acts as a natural decongestant and expectorant.
With a blend of lemon myrtle, chamomile and calendula it’s a very nutrient rich plant and botanical blend that is designed to help reduce little one’s nasal congestion associated with colds and allergens caused by pollen, dust, molds or dander.
All ingredients are Organic
- Chamomile flowers
- Lemon myrtle leaves
- Calendula flowers
- Thyme flowers
Eight benefits of Chamomile
- Helps fight and block out irritants by eliminating free radicals which damage your skin and accelerate the aging process.
- Antioxidant rich, helps reduce acne inflammation, breakouts, and minor scars.
- Increase the penetration and effectiveness of other skincare topicals.
- Natural skin lightener, promotes a healthy glow of the skin as it heals and restores its natural moisture content.
- Soothes and heals burns, great for post peel applications.
- Strong anti inflammatory, great for sensitive and acne prone skin types who have inflammation.
- Excellent healing abilities to minor skin wounds, process by disinfection.
- Antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant.
Did you know? Since Roman times, chamomile has been one of the most widely used medicinal folk remedies, used to treat everything from rheumatism to parasitic worms. But it may cause allergies in people who are also sensitive to ragweed.
Seven Benefits of Oatmeal for Skin
- Owing to its saponin content, oats works as a terrific natural skin cleanser. Whether you have sensitive or dry skin – it doesn’t strip it natural oils (click here for more details on Saponin)
- Owing to its healing, moisturizing and anti-oxidant properties, oatmeal is effective in soothing sunburn.
- Oatmeal is anti-pruritic and really helps control the itching that is inherent to various skin diseases and fungal infections.
- Oatmeal has rich anti-oxidant properties and helps undo damage done to your skin by pollution, UV rays and chemicals.
- Oats helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm eczema and heal psoriasis. It also soothed my baby during her chicken pox.
- Rich in proteins and lipids oatmeal has potent emollient properties making it a great moisturizer.
- If you have ultra-sensitive skin that can’t tolerate exfoliators, oats can be a great alternative owing to its texture.
Five uses of Calendula – information found from this site.
- Calendula may increase healing speed in skin conditions as has been shown to be highly effective in patients with acute dermatitis of grade 2 or higher. In the study of 254 patients, the researchers found that the occurrence of acute dermatitis of grade 2 or greater was significantly lower when the patients used calendula.
- Calendula contains anti-viral properties – research has suggested that calendula has anti-viral properties of the molecules called glycosides extracted from the plant. In the study, the molecules could inhibit vesicular stomatitis virus infection.
- Calendula may have anti cancer effects – researchers from Universidad de Granada, Spain, confirmed the anti-cancer effects of calendula extracts on tumor cells from different forms of leukemias, melanomas, fibrosarcomas, breast, prostate, cervix, lung, pancreas and colorectal cancers. The inhibition ranged from 70 percent to 100 percent.
- Calendula may treat muscular disorders – extract has shown to help muscle spasms in the rabbit jejunum.
- Calendula may help inflammatory conditions -a study of 170 patients suggests that calendula combined with Symphytum showed benefit in stomach inflammation. Also, the herbs showed comparable results to antacids.
USES OF TEA BATHS
Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, a tea bath’ allows the body to absorb the tea and its beneficial nutrients much quicker than you could obtain by drinking tea.
I’ve actually tried to research into how much skin absorbs bath or in bath with products but didn’t find any definite conclusion other than it does absorb but the amount varies – this site tells you about how the skin absorbs products.
Other benefits of a Tea Bath:
- Detoxifies skin
- May delay skin cell aging
- Promotes healing of sores and wounds
- Soothes Stressed Skin
- Help to balance skin tone
- Aid in the repair of sun damage
- Promotes rejuvenation of skin cells
- Fights free radicals
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves psoriasis
- Reduces dandruff
- Helps treat and prevent Acne and aids in the healing of other skin conditions
Instructions for Tea Baths
The idea is to combine certain teas and/or herbs that can be simmered and steeped for about 15 minutes and then add these to your bath water.
Looking at the ingredients I could see immediately it was an oil I would have no qualms in even using on myself! Rich with vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this nutrient dense organic oil nourishes and protects baby’s skin, while soft notes of lavender and mandarin help calm and settle your child after bath time.
I have enjoyed massaging my baby with this baby oil as it did indeed leave her with moisturised skin and them feeling contented, soft and smooth.
Did you know? Gentle application to the scalp can also be used to help prevent cradle cap.
All ingredients are Organic
- Sunflower oil
- Coconut oil
- Macadamia oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
- Avocado oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Mandarin essential oil
Seven benefits of Sunflower oil for skin
- Sunflower seed oil contains vitamins and fatty acids that act as antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells and help your skin rid itself of acne-causing bacteria.
- Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A – Beta-carotene’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin.
- Sunflower seed oil helps moisturize your skin – it has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for a longer period.
- It’s extremely high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from harmful UV rays from the sun and other environmental stressors.
- Sunflower oil has natural calming properties that improve your skin’s moisture retention capacity and is beneficial for individuals with dehydrated or sensitive skin so sing sunflower oil regularly can help remove dead cells and impurities, leaving behind smooth, moisturized skin.
- The antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help in preventing premature signs of aging, as it helps protect the skin from exposure to sunlight. The vitamin E in sunflower seed oil can help protect the collagen and elastin in the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face.
- Sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help lower skin redness and roughness. Sunflower seed oil is high in omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid and vitamin E. Omega-6 acid helps decrease inflammation in the skin and enhances the development of new skin cells.
Eight uses of Lavender for skin
- Lavender oil isn’t just soothing for your mind, it offers the same benefits for your skin. Lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for soothing and healing skin that’s irritated or reddened from the sun, insect bites or bacteria.
Heals injured skin – the ancient Greeks were already using lavender oil for skin to clean wounds, treat burns and other skin injuries. Its antiseptic properties also help skin to heal faster, while fighting and preventing further infection.
- The lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, lice eggs, and nuts. Lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for patients who suffer from alopecia.
- It soothes the sunburn area as it has a cooling effect as well as antiseptic effect.
- It can be a great moisturizer for dry and chapped skin.
- It gives moisture to the area around eyes which removes the wrinkles associated with dryness.
- Lavender tones and makes your skin firm as it boosts circulation, thus resulting in an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrition to the skin cells. This helps in keeping the cells healthy and boosting their renewal process.
Soothes eczema and dry skin – Eczema can show up anywhere on your body. With eczema, your skin gets dry, itchy, and scaly. It can appear mild or chronic and in multiple locations. Since lavender has antifungal properties and reduces inflammation, it can help keep eczema at bay.
Three benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Moisturizes skin of course! Pumpkin seed oil has a nice light and smooth texture that penetrates well into the skin as it’s omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid content makes it a fantastic moisturizing ingredient. And since it has a comedogenic rating of 2, you can still safely use it for any skin type, including oily and acne prone skin. Click here for more information on Comedogenic ratings.
- Improves skin tone as is rich in Vitamin A, C and E, all of which promote healthy skin cells. Vitamin C brightens and lightens skin while vitamin A prevents dryness and Vitamin E nourishes and heals problematic skin.
- Heals wounds – speed up the rate at which wounds heal by consuming pumpkin seed oil! It contains Vitamin K, which promotes clotting of blood and heals wounds faster – also if applied to the wounds to lubricate and protect them from germs and irritants.
Cost wise it’s slightly pricer than other competitors on the market as a name brand can be £1-3, however, I have also seen a lot higher prices for Organic goods and you are paying for what you get. For a higher quality product you have a slightly higher cost, for example, where a product is grown, the manufacturing, shelf life.
There is free shipping in Australia over $40 and free shipping worldwide over $95 AUD which is £50 for UK.
I love love love the products I’ve been able to try on my children! The concept of all organic with such lovely ingredients in the products is very appealing as I have a baby but I also have an older child who has dry skin in places.
For children, the Bath Tea will help soothe the discomfort of chicken pox, eczema symptoms, or a nappy rash and since my baby did indeed have chicken pox I can 100% say I found it useful for her sore, itchy skin.
As shown above where I’ve discovered benefits and uses of certain ingredients in the skin – links added for reference – and literally can’t rate a product like this high enough and wish I had more to bathe myself and my children in everyday as it’s just so nourishing.
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